The Thing (1982) - John Carpenter


Director: John Carpenter
Producers: David Foster, Lawrence Turman
Writer: Bill Lancaster
Based On: Who Goes There?
by John W. Campbell, Jr.
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David
Music: Ennio Morricone
Studio: The Turman-Foster Company, Universal Pictures
Release Date: June 25, 1982
Country: United States

For the next movie I am watching John Carpenters: The Thing from 1982. This film stars Kurt Russell and that guy from the Navy commercials. You may be asking yourself; "Sid, why would you review this movie its from the 80's and your doing this chronologically!?" Well its simple, I didn't want to waste a review. So i jumped ahead a few years, so sue me. At this time i would like to apologize for my grammar, I'm a little off.

So in this film, that has just about every element of surprise known to the common film goer. This is widely considered one of the greatest horror movies of all time. In my opinion i would have to say that this film is more of a Honorable mention than an actual competitor for top horror film. However this film does have all of the elements that i have come to enjoy in a good horror flick. One, we have Aliens. Two, we are in Antarctica. Three, Kurt Russel's beard. Four, Gore. Five, Suspense and Mystery. Well I guess those aren't all of the elements but you get my point.

Kurt Russel stars as our hero, in this Alien who-done-it, as R.J. MacReady. He's a helicopter pilot who strives to survive a quick little alien mishap at a US outpost located somewhere in Antarctica. You cant trust anyone in this film especially Wilford Brimly who stars as the hot tempered doctor with a lovable center. Or is it a synthetic, alien created, assimilated center. Either way the villain is played by anyone the alien decides to take over including the mutt. So watch your butts.

The Thing from John Carpenter is amazing. It is not only one of the most effective Sci-Fi movies but also a highly effective horror movie. It introduces an intense sense of dread and it doesn't let up. The film has the best practical effects ever recorded from the nineteen eighties and it almost qualifies for the best of all time. The casting is perfect. Everyone gives their best performance. And the story is engaging and suspenseful. What else could you want? There are many movies about aliens infiltrating humans. However, The Thing is such a quality effort that it ends up standing alone. I highly suggest it to anyone that hasn't seen it. Seriously, go from this article to the closest copy of the movie. It's imperative. You are not a fan until you have seen this movie.